19Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews.20Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.22News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.23When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.24He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,26and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.27During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.28One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)29The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.30This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
1When Joshua had grown old, the LORD said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.2“This is the land that remains: all the regions of the Philistines and Geshurites,3from the Shihor River on the east of Egypt to the territory of Ekron on the north, all of it counted as Canaanite though held by the five Philistine rulers in Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron; the territory of the Avvites4on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, from Arah of the Sidonians as far as Aphek and the border of the Amorites;5the area of Byblos; and all Lebanon to the east, from Baal Gad below Mount Hermon to Lebo Hamath.6“As for all the inhabitants of the mountain regions from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim, that is, all the Sidonians, I myself will drive them out before the Israelites. Be sure to allocate this land to Israel for an inheritance, as I have instructed you,7and divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh.”
8The other half of Manasseh, the Reubenites and the Gadites had received the inheritance that Moses had given them east of the Jordan, as he, the servant of the LORD, had assigned it to them.9It extended from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and included the whole plateau of Medeba as far as Dibon,10and all the towns of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, out to the border of the Ammonites.11It also included Gilead, the territory of the people of Geshur and Maakah, all of Mount Hermon and all Bashan as far as Salekah—12that is, the whole kingdom of Og in Bashan, who had reigned in Ashtaroth and Edrei. (He was the last of the Rephaites.) Moses had defeated them and taken over their land.13But the Israelites did not drive out the people of Geshur and Maakah, so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.14But to the tribe of Levi he gave no inheritance, since the food offerings presented to the LORD, the God of Israel, are their inheritance, as he promised them.15This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Reuben, according to its clans:16The territory from Aroer on the rim of the Arnon Gorge, and from the town in the middle of the gorge, and the whole plateau past Medeba17to Heshbon and all its towns on the plateau, including Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon,18Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath,19Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth Shahar on the hill in the valley,20Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth Jeshimoth—21all the towns on the plateau and the entire realm of Sihon king of the Amorites, who ruled at Heshbon. Moses had defeated him and the Midianite chiefs, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—princes allied with Sihon—who lived in that country.22In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.23The boundary of the Reubenites was the bank of the Jordan. These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Reubenites, according to their clans.24This is what Moses had given to the tribe of Gad, according to its clans:25The territory of Jazer, all the towns of Gilead and half the Ammonite country as far as Aroer, near Rabbah;26and from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah and Betonim, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir;27and in the valley, Beth Haram, Beth Nimrah, Sukkoth and Zaphon with the rest of the realm of Sihon king of Heshbon (the east side of the Jordan, the territory up to the end of the Sea of Galilee ).28These towns and their villages were the inheritance of the Gadites, according to their clans.29This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, according to its clans:30The territory extending from Mahanaim and including all of Bashan, the entire realm of Og king of Bashan—all the settlements of Jair in Bashan, sixty towns,31half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan). This was for the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh—for half of the sons of Makir, according to their clans.32This is the inheritance Moses had given when he was in the plains of Moab across the Jordan east of Jericho.33But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them.
1Now these are the areas the Israelites received as an inheritance in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun and the heads of the tribal clans of Israel allotted to them.2Their inheritances were assigned by lot to the nine-and-a-half tribes, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.3Moses had granted the two-and-a-half tribes their inheritance east of the Jordan but had not granted the Levites an inheritance among the rest,4for Joseph’s descendants had become two tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. The Levites received no share of the land but only towns to live in, with pasturelands for their flocks and herds.5So the Israelites divided the land, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
6Now the people of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about you and me.7I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions,8but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.9So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.’10“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old!11I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.12Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”13Then Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave him Hebron as his inheritance.14So Hebron has belonged to Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite ever since, because he followed the LORD, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.15(Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.) Then the land had rest from war.
1And Job continued his discourse:2“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,3as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,4my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.5I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.6I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.7“May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust!8For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?9Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?10Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?11“I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.12You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?13“Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:14However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.15The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.16Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,17what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.18The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.21The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.22It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.23It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.”